In any industrial sector, information about the materials used in the production process is critical and extremely varied. The main challenge concerning these material data is to group them together, structure them, in order to exploit them efficiently and enhance their value. To do this, it is very useful for an industrial company to have a single, high-performance internal interface for capitalizing on this data.
A structured internal interface to efficiently use your material data
Within an industry, a multitude of actors is confronted and involved in the process of creating and processing material data. The Design Office states a need with the Materials Department (R&D); for example, it may be a request to find the right material for a given application. The materials department relies on the database at its disposal to find the most suitable solution. When the raw material is transported, tests are carried out on it to verify its properties and generate dimensioning data (thermal, mechanical properties, etc.). It is relevant to capitalize this data within a single and structured interface in order to make it accessible and to link it to internal expertise (feedback on certain processes, successful or unsuccessful uses of certain materials, declaration of non-conformities, etc.). It is then possible for the Design Office and other stakeholders to use this information effectively (especially through their design and simulation tools).
Quick and easy access to the right information
In addition to the necessary structuring and reliability of the internal platform, access to the information within it must be simple. The search for data on generic data as well as on standardised, commercial designations or on experimental or dimensioning data guarantees a very broad scope of research and multiplies the chances of accessing the information sought. Search modes must be intuitive and easy to use. A text search by keywords allows you to browse structured and unstructured data (within Word, Excel, PDF documents…). Multicriteria selection offers the possibility of giving priority to certain criteria over others. Thus, the results are sorted by relevance, which facilitates decision-making in the choice of materials and allows the best alternatives to be considered. The choice guides are a research aid; they suggest solutions through users’ answers to a pre-configured questionnaire. Thus, the platform provides simple but above all intelligent access to the information required.
Enhance your material data and internal skills
The traceability of material data referenced in a database is a requirement for manufacturers. On the one hand, it is a matter of tracking each raw material throughout its life cycle within the company (from receipt to destruction in most cases). On the other hand, it is a question of capitalizing on the results and processes undertaken to process material. For example, additive manufacturing industrial processes are very complex and represent an important source of new skills and knowledge critical to a company. It is then useful to take advantage of the configuration parameters of an additive manufacturing machine, transformations, and feedback on semi-finished products, as well as the characteristics of the final product or test piece. The technical and technological progress of the organization is then enhanced.
All these changes are accompanied by an approach to raise awareness among the company’s stakeholders of the value of material and knowledge data so that everyone can make the most of them and participate in the company’s continuous improvement.
“We didn’t want a simple safe, but a tool that would allow us to develop our data.” In 2013, Renault opted for the TEEXMA® (request the Renault testimony), software solution, published and developed by the BASSETTI group. Our mission is to support you in your process of structural organizational change concerning the processing of material data and the capitalization of your technical assets.